Asia mis­sion suc­cess

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sions about projects they’re keen to un­der­take.

Vis­its from Ja­pan Air­lines and Vi­et­jet are also in the works to talk about the pos­si­bil­ity of es­tab­lish­ing di­rect flights be­tween Dar­win and Ja­pan and Viet­nam.

Or­gan­is­ing re­cip­ro­cal vis­its was a key part of en­sur­ing such trips weren’t a waste, Mr Gun­ner said.

“That way you know it’s a sub­stan­tive con­ver­sa­tion if they’re go­ing to put peo­ple on a plane … you know they’re se­ri­ous about an in­vest­ment,” he said.

The six-day trip through Ja­pan and Viet­nam took Mr Gun­ner and a key group of top pub­lic ser­vants and ad­vis­ers to meet­ings with a num­ber of busi­ness and gov­ern­ment lead­ers.

It was his first visit to Viet­nam as chief min­is­ter and sec­ond to Ja­pan.

In Tokyo, In­pex boss Takayuki Ueda told re­porters the com­pany was se­ri­ous about frack­ing the Bee­taloo Basin and in Hanoi, Viet­nam’s Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Pham Binh Minh spoke of a di­rect air link be­tween Dar­win and Ho Chi Minh City to be es­tab­lished next year as a done deal – an­nounce­ments which caught even the Ter­ri­tory del­e­ga­tion off guard.

Gov­ern­ment en­thu­si­asm for projects in com­mu­nist Viet­nam could prove cru­cial to their suc­cess.

“In Viet­nam, like in China, if the Gov­ern­ment wants some­thing to hap­pen, it will hap­pen. But there’s still got to be a com­mer­cial ba­sis un­der­pin­ning it. If it’s not un­der­pinned it won’t be sus­tain­able,” Mr Gun­ner said.

Agri­cul­ture was an­other key fo­cus of the trip. While in Viet­nam, Mr Gun­ner spoke with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from in­dus­try body Meat and Live­stock Aus­tralia about how to lock in and cap­i­talise on Aus­tralia’s rep­u­ta­tion for pro­duc­ing top qual­ity beef.

About 85 per cent of reg­u­lated beef im­ports into Viet­nam is Aus­tralian and 30 per cent of that comes from NT cat­tle sta­tions. But it sits on su­per­mar­ket shelves along­side in­fe­rior prod­uct from else­where in the world, of­ten with­out dis­tinc­tion be­tween the two.

Main­tain­ing qual­ity and cre­at­ing a rep­u­ta­tion for that qual­ity would be key to con­vinc­ing con­sumers to give beef a shot in a coun­try where pork and chicken dom­i­nated.

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